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Japan Satsuma Biwa
The medieval story of the Heike clan combining drama and heroics with Buddhist reflection on the ephemerality of existence sung by Kakujo Iwasa and Kakuryu Saito, with lute accompaniment.



Korea Ritual Music For The Royal Ancestors
The Jongmyo Jeryeak is a combination of vocal and instrumental music, with dancing: solemn and majestic ritual music for drums, gongs, bells, chimes, zithers, fiddles, oboes and flutes, in honour of royal ancestors...



Korea Gayageum Sanjo
Kim Hae-Sook playing twelve-silk-string zither, with buk accompaniment.




Kushal Das Raga Bilaskhani Todi And Raga Sohini
Elegant, serene, new-wave, profoundly tuneful playing, with accompaniment from Abhijit Banerjee's tabla and Sudipta Remy's tampura.



Kushal Das Raga Marwa
On surbahar, a rare kind of bass sitar, playing the serene and sombre Marwa, raga of dusk.



L'Ensemble Nassim El Andalous Homage To Redouane Bensari
The particular Gharnati tradition of classical Arab-Andalusian music less influenced by Ottoman music than in Algiers or Constantine brought at the end of the 1960s to Oran from Tlemcen.



Madagascar Antanosy Country, Sarandra
Eastern vibes and high emotions in this singing, accompanied by the sosolu flute, rocking mandaly and jejo bory lutes, the atranatra xylophone-on-legs, the lokanga fiddle.



Madagascar Merina Country
Various songs and valiha zither, made from a bamboo trunk, the sodina flute, the angorodao accordion, the kabosy lute, and the amponga tany, a ground zither made of plant rope, wood, and dung.



Madagascar Antandroy Country
Puffing-and-blowing rimotsy singing for possession rituals and burials, a cappella polyphony with its image of blues and spirituals, erotic chin-shaking, solo marovany zither...



Mali The Fulani Hoddu
Deep, rough, hypnotic recordings of the Fulani lute (and singing), made by this inspirational French label around Douentza and Bamako, Mali, between 2002-2004.



Martinique Edmond Mondesir: Bele, Tradition And Creation
Bele is an African folk drumming and singing tradition running back to slavery days. Mondesir leading five singers, with two percussionists, on tambour and tibwa.



Mauritius Ravanne Drum
The ravanne is a large drum a goatskin stretched over a wooden frame played with the hands, emblematic of the Creole cultural heritage on this island in the Indian Ocean: the music here is fabulous.




Mexico The Festival Of San Miguel Tzinacapan
Double-headed drums, horns and shells, guitars and violins, reed flutes and cascabeles whirled together in festive and ritualistic dance music, an amazing mixture of indian-Mexico and Spanish Middle Ages.